James Bigelow 34th and 24th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry



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Very nice carte view identified as James Bigelow of Massachusetts. Late in 1863, James would leave his farm fields behind and enlist with the 34th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry in December, 1863 at the age of 18. Over the next two years he would fight at Charlestown, Winchester, Cedar Creek, Petersburg, Appomattox and a handful more. A far cry from the peaceful farm fields he left behind. 269 men from the regiment would not return home. James was among the lucky. He would survive and in June, 1865 he would transfer into Company A of the 24th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry while in Richmond. The regiment would serve as guards in Richmond for the remainder of their enlistment before being mustered out in January, 1866. This view shows James dressed in a four button sack coat and striped trousers. A small set of corporals chevrons are worn on the sleeve. His cap rests on the seat of the chair with the company letter “A” and the numeral “24” clearly visible on top of the cap dating the image to sometime after June, 1865 while occupying Richmond. The reverse bears a period pencil inscription reading “Portrait of Corpl Bigelow Co. A. 24th Regt. Mass V.I.”. Back marked by former Confederate photographers Jones & Vannerson of Richmond. Tax stamp on the reverse as well. Very nice carte view!

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